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Spring Allergies are here!

 

This time of year, as the weather starts warming up and the rain starts moving through, the Oklahoma winds begin picking up tree, grass, and other wind-traveling pollen and blow it in every direction. These tiny pollen grains are what plants release to fertilize other plants of their kind, but sometimes as they’re being blown around they can make their way up into our noses and sinus cavities. Those whose bodies are allergic to pollen treat these tiny grains as intruders and start sending fluid and other defenses to attack them, triggering an allergic reaction. This fluid creates runny or stuffy noses, watery eyes, and itchy or sore throats.

 

Here are some ways you can avoid these allergy symptoms:

 

  • Choose your time outside according to the pollen levels. Some experts think that the peak time for pollen allergens is around mid-day, or early afternoon. Limiting your outdoor activities to morning and evening times, or when the wind dies down, can help decrease the severity of your or your child’s allergic reaction.

 

  • In more severe cases, or when needed, a mask or bandana over your mouth and nose can greatly decrease the amount of pollen that gets into your sinuses. This is also a good idea when mowing, or doing other yard work that easily kicks up the dust.

 

  • Over-the-counter allergy medications are easy, affordable ways to ease some symptoms of allergies. Zyrtec, Claritin, and Benadryl are some common over-the-counter allergy medications which can come in different forms, including pills, liquid, dissolvables and chewables for children. Always read the directions provided with any medication you purchase before using.

 

  • Crossway Medical Clinic now has an allergy clinic for your convenience that provides testing and immunotherapy treatment for year round and seasonal allergies. Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that “trains” your body to tolerate allergens over a gradual exposure process through injections, skin tests, or sublingual drops. Potentially, this form of treatment may reduce or cure your year-round or seasonal allergy symptoms. Please ask your Crossway physician for more information on the allergy clinic, or any other questions you have about allergies.